Workers' Compensation Educational Sessions
W1: SIG Roundtable Discussion Part One -- Review of SIG Market Issues
The market for Group Self-Insured Workers’ Compensation Funds (SIGs) continues to evolve with new challenges and opportunities on the horizon. We’ll explore these developments in detail and invite input from all participants on how SIGs are positioning themselves for future success.
Monday, October 6, 2014, 10:15 am – 11:30 am
President & CEO
W2: SIG Roundtable Discussion Part Two – Regulatory Environment
The failure of high profile SIGs over the past few years has promoted heightened scrutiny by state regulators. This session will focus on reviewing the current regulatory landscape, previewing what to expect going forward, and consider various industry response strategies.
Monday, October 6, 2014, 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm
Chief Office of Self-Insurance Plans
California Department of Industrial Relations
W3: SIG Roundtable Discussion Part Three – Current and Future Solutions
We’ll review the notes from the previous three hours of discussion and turn our attention into developing an action plan of potential solutions with a specific emphasis of how SIIA can play a more proactive role in protecting and promoting the interests of SIGs and their business partners.
Monday, October 6, 2014, 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm
David G. Johnson, Esq.
Self Insured Solutions, LLC
W4: Updating Yesterday’s Disability Management Solutions to Address Today’s Worker’s Compensation Dilemmas
For the last 20 years, disability management return to work has been a vital cost saving tool for best practice self-insured employers. The last five years have brought new disability related challenges for all of us. The new ADAA has expanded the definition of disability to include the majority of your injured employees as well as expanding employer responsibilities to them. The rise of worker’s compensation medical costs and the associated cost savings strategies can backfire resulting not in cost savings but rather cost shifting back to the indemnity side. Come hear the country’s top expert talk about the top ten ways that Best Practice companies in the United States have updated their disability Management RTW program to address these issues. He will also provide all participants with a free individually tailored disability management RTW evaluation with specific recommendation for your company to upgrade your program to become best practice.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 10:15 am – 11:30 am
Dr. Richard Pimentel
Milt Wright & Associates, Inc.
W5: Managing the Cost Specialty Drugs – A Guide for Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurers
Just as within the group health world, to skyrocketing cost of specialty drugs is creating significant financial challenges for workers’ compensation self-insurers. But there are effective strategies to at least mitigate some of this cost, which will be described as part of this very timely session.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm
Tron Emptage, RPh, MA
Chief Clinical Officer
W6: The Great Recession’s Impact on Workers’ Compensation Costs for Self-Insurers
There is no doubt the Great Recession has left an indelible mark upon workers’ compensation. But through these difficult years, there were lessons to be learned and opportunities to be seized. Change and innovation have enabled some organizations to emerge stronger than ever. These companies recognized early on the need to harness resources in order to maximize productivity. They made changes aimed at accommodating a more diverse workforce, learned the value of providing quality healthcare based on improved outcomes, advanced return to work initiatives by actively engaging employees, embraced technology and data on all levels, and joined other employers in projecting a collective voice to pass favorable state legislation. In this session, you will hear about these successes and learn how to capitalize upon future opportunities designed to benefit your program.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm
VP WC Practice & Compliance
Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.
Sandra K. Little, CRM, ARM, CPCU, MBA
Bar-S Foods Company / A Sigma Company